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The country is currently riddled in gun violence and an incident on the historically Black college, Savannah State University has left one student dead without much more info to follow.

Via MSN:

A student at Savannah State University in Georgia died on Friday after being shot on campus, prompting a two-hour lockdown as police swept the area for the shooter, a school official said.

Christopher Starks, a junior from the Atlanta area, was shot during an “altercation” late on Thursday at the university’s student union and transported to a local hospital where he died, said school spokeswoman Loretta Heyward.

“Mr. Starks was the only individual transported to a medical facility following the incident,” she said in an emailed statement. No arrests had been made, she added.

The campus of the historically black university is in the heart of Savannah, an Atlantic seaport that is Georgia’s oldest city.

Savannah State University also released a statement via its official website.

It is with great sadness that we report the loss of a Savannah State University student.

Mr. Christopher Starks, a junior from the metro Atlanta area, died at a local hospital. Mr. Starks was transported to the hospital for treatment of gunshot injuries he sustained during an altercation at the SSU Student Union building Thursday evening. Mr. Starks was the only individual transported to a medical facility following the incident. So far, no arrests have been made. Because the university is a state institution, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) is handling the ongoing investigation with assistance from the SSU Police Department.

On Friday, Aug.28, classes will be delayed until 10 a.m. Grief counselors will be available on campus.

The safety of those who live, study, work and visit Savannah State University remains a top priority – no exceptions. Savannah State University has zero tolerance for violence of any kind. If students are aware of the presence of weapons, please think and act responsibly to disclose such information to a member of the faculty, staff or administration, or other figure of authority. While it may be natural to want to protect an associate, the lack of disclosure may do more harm than good in the long run. Therefore, anyone with information about the incident should contact the SSU Police Department at 912-358-3004.

Photo: WT0C-TV

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